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The Unexceptional State: Rethinking the State in the Nineteenth Century (France, United States)

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  • UserNicolas Barreyre (EHESS) and Claire Lemercier (Sciences Po)
  • ClockWednesday 15 September 2021, 17:00-18:00
  • House Via Zoom.

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Over the last three decades, historians have shown that during the period of the early republic in the US the state was far more powerful and proactive than previously thought. Conversely, in the case of France, new work has undermined the earlier narrative of triumphant state-building under Napoleon. Drawing on these converging historiographies, Nicolas Barreyre and Claire Lemercier will sketch out a history of the modern state that shuns national exceptionalism.

During the early republic in the US the state was more powerful than previously thought. Triumphant state-building in Napoleonic France was often a rhetorical exercise. The talk will sketch out a history of the modern state that shuns national exceptionalism.

This talk is part of the History and Economics Seminar series.

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